Leadership Assessment Marriott International Arne Sorenson versus Bill Marriott

The company that has been selected for assessing the leadership style of the leaders is Marriott International. Marriott International is a well known American hospitality company which manages and also franchises the wide portfolio of various hotels and their related lodging facilities. Presently the company has greater than 3800 properties in almost 74 different countries around the world (Marriott International, 2013a). 1. Comparison of the leadership style between Bill Marriott and Arne Sorenson Marriott International was founded by J. W. Marriott in the year 1927 (Marriot International, 2013b). The company achieved a huge success during the fifty years career of J. W. Marriott Jr. He has been the Executive Chairman and also the Chairman of the company’s board for a period of almost 50 years before handing over the responsibilities to Arne Sorenson. He has led the company to a remarkable position and helped it to be called as one of the leading lodging companies in the world. During his leadership span, the management style he built totally emphasized on the importance of the employees of the company and also recognized the value that these people add to the organization. Presently the company has more than 3000 employees working at the headquarters and also other offices and at various franchisee locations. The company is renowned for being a good place to work and also for the commitment related to the social responsibility, diversity and the community engagement. The company started its operations as a hotel ownership business in the beginning. But in the later half of the year 1970 Bill Marriott shifted the company’s business model to property management franchising. The strategic decision of J. W. Marriott Jr. helped the company in accelerating its growth and widening its leadership position all across the globe. His focus on building a good work environment to work at and also creating employee motivation had a positive impact on the employees of the organization. This increased the employee engagement and improved their performance. After the span of leadership of J. W. Marriott, the CEO responsibilities were handed over to Arne Sorenson. Arne Sorenson has been the President and also the Chief Executive Officer of the company. According to Mr. Sorenson the focus of the organization and its employees should not be that how well they are doing, rather it should be that what else can be done to make the performance even better. His personality and leadership style focused on the young generation. Arne Sorenson has made his mark as a successful leader on the company and contributed in making it an even more remarkable global enterprise. His journey has not been an easy one as he had to face many tough situations when the travel of the company came to a position of standstill. It resulted in the downturn of the company and finally the reduction in the number of staff. He had to struggle in order to achieve the former position in the market. But it is his management style that helped the company to regain its position. 2. Organizational Structure and Culture of Marriott International Organizational Structure The organizational structure of the company is mainly bureaucratic i.e.